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Today in Johnson City History: December 28

Rebecca Henderson • Dec 28, 2018 at 7:15 AM

Dec. 28, 1892: Authorities were in Johnson City looking for Oscar Lee, a 17-year-old mail carrier accused of stealing registered letters from his mail pouch on his 18-mile route between Butler and Allentown in Carter County. The Comet reported that Lee took the train from the Allentown to Johnson City, where he bought a ticket to Dallas, Texas, while exhibiting a large roll of money.

Dec. 28, 1899: In the last issue of the century, readers of The Comet were advised, “It’s never too late to pay your subscription to The Comet as a Christmas gift.”

Dec. 28, 1915: Johnson City Lodge No. 486, F.&A.M., provided a St. John’s Day Banquet at the Windsor Hotel. An article in The Comet described it as “one of the most thoroughly enjoyable affairs in Johnson City history.”

Dec. 28, 2010: Parents Terrence Brady and Alicia Fleming met the two Johnson City firefighters credited with saving their toddler from a residential fire earlier in December. Firefighters Allen Foshie and Brian Barnette had found 2-year-old Christian Fleming unconscious in a bedroom of the burning mobile home at  2719 N. Roan St.

Sources: The Comet, Johnson City Press

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